Hot as Hades is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot game from Microgaming. With cartoon graphics and a cheeky feel to it, its central theme is mythology as it features Medusa, Poseidon and Zeus alongside Hades – he is the main character and has bright red hair. The game can be payed from as little as 20p a spin to as much as £50 a spin.
In terms of bonus features, you have the Super Mode Free Spins feature which is activated randomly in the base game. Once triggered, you will be awarded 5 free spins. However, these aren’t ordinary free spins as 3 wild positions are randomly granted.
1 wild position can be awarded per spin and these wilds remain sticky throughout the Super Mode feature. The main factor is that this feature has potential wins of up to 2,000 times your bet.
Then you have the Quest Bonus feature which is triggered when 3 or more skull scatter symbols appear anywhere on the reels. Your quest is to reclaim the crystal helm which is tightly guarded by the conniving godly siblings. You get to travel from the underworld to win prizes as there are 5 levels (where you make picks).
- Level 1: Pillars of Awesomeness – pick a pot to win 1 of 4 cash prizes or Win All option
- Level 2: Medusa’s Gaze – choose a path to reveal 1 of 3 cash prizes, a Win All option or end option
- Level 3: Poseidon’s Ocean – pick a shell but there are 2 end options
- Level 4: Zeus’ Stairway – choose a cloud as there are 2 cash prizes and 2 end options
- Level 1 takes you the Pillars of Awesomeness where you pick a pot – there are 4 cash prizes and a ‘Win All’ option.
- Level 2 is Medusa’s Gaze where you choose a path – there’s 3 cash prizes, 1 ‘Win All’ option and an end option.
- Level 3 is Poseidon’s Ocean where you pick a shell – there’s 2 end options so tread carefully.
- Level 4 is Zeus’ Stairway where you select a cloud has 2 cash prizes and 2 end options.
If you make it through the 4 levels, you will reach the Chamber of the Crystal Skull level – here you get to choose from a chest with 2 choices. The further you progress, the bigger the rewards on offer with a modest 260 times your stake. The rewards may not be as big as the Super Mode feature but it’s entertaining for sure. It has some similarities to Microgaming’s Avalon II.
Hot as Hades is a well-balanced medium variance slot game. I think the graphics and theme are spot on and it does have the big win potential in the Super Mode feature which will appeal to many slot players. I think it’s the best Microgaming release since Jurassic Park and one I expect will prove very popular.